Caroline Ummenhofer received a Joint Honours B.Sc. in Marine Biology and Physical Oceanography from the University of Wales, Bangor, UK, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics, specializing in climate modeling, from The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. Her PhD thesis received the Uwe Radok Award in ocean/atmosphere/climate science by the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. Caroline was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematics and Statistics of Complex Systems, held a Vice-Chancellor Postdoctoral Fellowship at UNSW, and was a Visiting Fellow with CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in Hobart, Australia. Since 2012, she holds a faculty position in the Physical Oceanography Department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, USA.
Her research interests include interannual to decadal climate variability, the hydrological cycle, monsoon dynamics, ocean-atmosphere interactions, droughts, extratropical climate, hydroclimate paleo reconstructions of the last millennium, and the effects of climate variability and change on agriculture. In particular, her research focuses on Indian Ocean dynamics, its variability and role for regional rainfall variations and droughts in the surrounding countries, spanning from seasonal to decadal timescales. A key goal of Caroline’s research has been to bridge the gap between ocean and climate dynamics and its impacts on end users. As such, she aims to provide practical outcomes of use to stakeholders in the agriculture and water management sectors and the broader public.
Guest Student 2018-2020, Semester at WHOI Student 2017 (B.S. Mathematics, Tufts University); projects on frontal rainfall in Southwestern Australia; eastern ocean basin upwelling systems
Guest student 2018, 2019 (B.A. Geology and Environmental Studies, Cornell College); project on the Australian hydroclimatic response to volcanoes during the last millennium from stalagmites and climate models
Summer Student Fellow 2018 (B.S. Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Madison); project on the role of volcanic eruptions for North Atlantic regional hydroclimate
Guest Student 2018 (M.S. Operations Research, Northeastern University); project on predicting extreme events in the water cycle
Summer Student Fellow 2017 (B.S. Geology & Geophysics, Environmental Engineering, Yale University); project on the role of Indian Ocean warming for regional rainfall extremes
Summer Student Fellow 2017 (B.S. Marine Science, Rutgers University); project on Southeast Asian monsoon variability in the Last Millennium Ensemble
Guest Student 2017 (B.S. Computer Science and Mathematics, Northeastern University); project on decadal predictions over the North Atlantic Region
Summer Student Fellow 2016, Guest Student 2017 (B.S. Geology & Geophysics: Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate, Yale University); project on "Increasing Greenland melt and blocking in recent decades modulated by large-scale and regional circulation changes"
Zoraida Perez Delgado
WHOI-SOARS Fellow 2015 (B.S. Environmental Science, Universidad Metropolitana, Puerto Rico); project on "Satellite and model analysis of coral reefs in the Western Indian Ocean from 2001 to 2007"
Summer Student Fellow 2015 (BA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK); project on "Intraseasonal SST-precipitation coupling during the Indian Summer Monsoon and its modulation by the Indian Ocean Dipole"
Guest student 2014 (BSc Physics of the Earth System, Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany), sponsored by RISE; project on "Decadal variability in atmospheric blocking in the Southern Hemisphere extratropics"
Gabriela de la Cruz Tello
WHOI-SOARS Fellow 2014, SOARS 2015 (B.S. Meteorology, San Jose State University); project on "The effect of changes in the Hadley Circulation on oxygen minimum zones in the ocean"
Guest student 2013 (BSc Meteorology, University of Hamburg, Germany), sponsored by RISE; project on “Precipitation in the Horn of Africa linked to Indo-Pacific climate variability”
WHOI-SOARS Fellow 2013, 2014 (M.S. Geography, Texas A & M); project on “Links between regional monsoon circulation and local hydroclimate in Southeast Asia.”
Manny’s studies specialize in climatology and his research interests include ocean-land-atmosphere interactions, monsoon variability, quantitative methods, and climate change.
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